This garden update was due on the first of September . . . and here we are a good three weeks later. My excuse? Uh, duh . . . wait, I'll think of something. I know! We had company on the first of the month and they demanded my attention 24/7? End of the season projects have kept me from taking the necessary pictures to include with the post? We've been sloughing off and recreating too much? Pretty lame, huh? I've thought about this post every day for the past three weeks but it just hasn't happened. So looks like the very last of my summer's first -of-the-month documented garden pictures isn't going to be truly accurate, but here goes anyway.
Raised Beds, June 1st
Raised Beds, July 1st
Raised Beds, August 1st
Raised Beds, September 22nd
The beds are looking pretty empty and bare as I get them ready for an application of compost yet this fall. I still have a bed of carrots to harvest, some Swiss chard looking as large and healthy as it has all season, cherry tomatoes that are (for some reason) continuing to ripen (and split) in this cool weather, a bed of slicing cucs and one of lemon cucs that are still producing, the herb bed and my experimental "cage" of potatoes under mulch. I guess I'm not as "done" with the raised beds as I thought!
Field Garden, June 1st
Field Garden, July 1st
Field Garden, August 1st
Field Garden, September 22nd
The strawberry plants that we mowed down have grown back into lush little bushes that make the field garden look more like June than September. We'll cover them with a heavy layer of mulch for the winter after we've had a couple of hard freezes.
Half the row of sunflowers at the far end of the field garden were toppled by strong winds. No great loss as even those still standing won't have developed seeds worth harvesting by the time frost calls a halt to their season.
My Red Kuri squash. Sigh. The vines are pretty much kaputz and the thirty or so fruits probably aren't going to ripen any more now. The last time I checked, they still weren't fit for human consumption.
We haven't dug our four rows of hilled-up potatoes yet but that's on the schedule to be done soon. We're expecting a good crop from them.
Pumpkin Patch, June 1st
Pumpkin Patch, July 1st
Pumpkin Patch, August 1st
Pumpkin Patch, September 22nd
I really kick myself for not having gotten a picture of the buckwheat we planted as our second cover crop in the pumpkin patch. It was impressive . . . over three feet tall and covered with a gazillion white blossoms that the honey bees loved. Alas and alack, before I got a picture, hubby mowed it down and then a few days later tilled it into the soil. The soil in the pumpkin patch has shown such improvement since we've made a concentrated effort to help it by growing two green manure crops on it this summer and then tilling them in. Now it's planted out to winter wheat and we'll see how that crop does.
End of another gardening season and I'm glad I made the effort to document it with these pictures for comparison. It's been fun and informative to look back on the progression of the garden from early summer til now when, for us up here in the Northwoods, it's nearly time to put away the trowel and spading fork and dust off the snow shovel and plow.